Soccer-Sweden beat Italy to top group, Finland exit women’s Euros (Reuters)

By Philip O’Connor STOCKHOLM, July 16 (Reuters) – A goal and an assist from Lotta Schelin helped hosts Sweden beat Italy 3-1 to win their qualifying group and cruise into the quarter-finals of the European women’s soccer championship. Sweden exploded in the second half, netting three goals in the opening 12 minutes to preserve their unbeaten record and top Group A ahead of Italy who qualified as runners-up. Finland became the first team to exit the tournament after a 1-1 draw with Denmark, who could still go through depending on results in the remaining games in the other groups. …

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